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earl. >> state senator faces a federal indictment. >> do you have a gun? >> i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body be quite chilling words from an angry viewer who takes hostages inside. see what happens next. >> what kind of weather can we expect for the labor day weekend? [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning. happy thursday. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. we are not too worried about earl in baltimore.
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>> that is a good point. we will not feel any of the affects of earl around baltimore. at stuff will be at the beach. we're shooting for a high temperature in the low 90's. it will still be hot. mostly sunny skies. we will give you the whole scenario on earl and what to expect this weekend. first we say good morning to sarah. >> we have a disabled vehicle on the outer loop at reisterstown road. it does not appear to be causing a delay. the rest of the speed sensors are in great shape. northeast side the harrisburg expressway is checking out fine. so far so good at their. seven minutes on 895 south down to the harbor tunnel tolls. eight minutes on the inner loop
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from 795 over towards 83. this is the east side and so for it looks good in both loops. the entire beltway is delay-free at this time. not picking up any delays on southbound 95. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> hurricane earl has regained some of the strength in the last 24 hours. >> emergency officials are on alert. mandatory evacuation alerts have been given in towns along north carolina's outer banks. >> i wasn't going to stay on the island. i wasn't going to stay during the hurricane to correct the effects of earl are expected to hit the outer banks sometime later today. >> lowell melser it is in ocean city in anticipation of what is
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expected to be a glancing blow from this powerful storm. he filed this report last night. >> it is a beautiful evening here in ocean city. there is low humidity. it's a great night to get out. that change as hurricane earl is expected to affect this area with strong wind and rain. we were told that precautions are being taken. they are not going overboard. normally there would be securing rights on the boardwalk. they are still operating at this hour and there are no plans to shut them down. folks out here should not evacuate. stay put. that is a good sign that things should not be too bad. the mayor told me that for folks thinking of heading down here
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this weekend, did not change your plans. >> it should be out of here by late friday afternoon. i would encourage everybody to please monitor the storm and watched their local tv and radio stations and make a good decision. we want everybody to travel safe. >> the biggest concern right now will be folks swimming in the ocean and rip currents. lifeguards will be keeping a close eye on what is going on out there. they may need to keep swimmers out of the water at certain times. that looks like it will be a possibility on friday. we will keep an eye on the storm and we will have updates as soon as they are available. right now, things are relatively quiet heading into hurricane earl. lowell melser, wbal-tv 11 news. >> ocean city is under a tropical storm warning, not a hurricane watch.
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you can get updates on the effects of hurricane earl by checking in to our live wire blog, and you can check any hurricane by logging onto the weather page of our website, wbaltv.com. >> police have been combing the halls of the headquarters of the discovery channel after an armed man held police at bay with several hostages. this began yesterday afternoon when james lee burst into the lobby of the building with canisters strapped to his body and waving a handgun. he took three hostages. during the standoff, he was contacted inside the building. >> do you have begun? >> i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body -- do you have a gun?
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>> lee forced their hand and police opened fire. >> he pointed a handgun at one of the hostages. at that point, our tactical units moved in. they shot the suspect. the suspect is deceased. >> an explosive device did go off on his body after he was shot. the hostages escaped safely. lee report early picketed the building once before. officials say they never saw his complaint -- they never thought his complaints would turn violent. >> a senator is stepping down after being indicted on bribery and extortion. jennifer franciotti joins us now with more on the case. >> despite an fbi raid on his home in 2008, currie continued
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to work as investigators looked into his ties to shoppers food warehouse. he is accused of using his office to benefit the grocery store chains. it is alleged he was paid $245,000 to secure advantages for shoppers. the indictment says he tried to save the chain of money and to give them an extension on meeting energy efficiency standards. he is accused of smoothing the way for a liquor license. he was a consultant for shoppers and his fees were disclosed. the chair of public policy says it is unusual to see a paper trail in a bribery case. >> the information is pretty
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iinteresting in that usually there is not a paper tropics prosecutors say currie failed to disclose his income on ethics forms. he will step down from some of his duties. we'll have more at 6:30. >> a man will spend the rest of his life behind bars. he was convicted back in may for the murder of another man in october of 2009. prosecutors say the man was shot in the back of the head after forcing his way into his home and coming up with $1,500 in cash. two alleged accomplices were also arrest charges were dropped for lack of evidence. >> wayne black went into shock
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during central booking. reports indicate he was unresponsive when the judge asked him to stand. black is accused of pushing a man into the water in 2008 after the man refused to give him a cigarette. >> israeli and palestinian leaders will hold peace talks in washington this morning. hillary clinton will launch the negotiations between benjamin netanyahu and mahmoud abbas. president obama hosted a working dinner last night. both sides vowed to work towards a long-lasting agreement. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you believe these latest rounds of mideast peace talks will yield results? e-mail your response to watercooler@wbaltv.com. again, that is watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> 71 degrees on tv hill.
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coming up, the morning's financial news in the bloomberg business report. >> after months of tragedy, some good news out of the gulf of mexico. >> we are live at the side of a big balloon festival in harford county. it all benefit a great cause. >> volume continues to build on the area roads. the area roads. delays a
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>> a very good at thursday morning to you. we're live in harford county in bel air. 77 degrees downtown. it is a lovely morning. we're down here at the harford county equestrian center. this is a venue for a balloon festival. it kicks off with a balloon blow tomorrow night.
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this is a mini. it is amazing to see this. all of the defense will be taking place on saturday from noon until 5:30. kids get in for free. there will be courses and zoo animals. what is it you guys do? >> this is an organization and we worked to end domestic violence in the county. we are about 50 volunteers strong. we have full counseling services. the best way to find information is our website, sarc- maryland.org. >> you have a new teenage section that talks about some pertinent issues. >> stalking and cyber bullying have become problems.
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we are addressing these issues. all of the information can be found on our website. >> wonderful. i know it will be a great benefit this weekend. the weather will be fabulous on saturday here in bel air. high pressure over maryland. that front is on the move. we are still looking at earl. >> it is going to be a race between the front and earl. it is gorgeous it to get into a balloon at sunrise. >> i am not sure if we're going to go up. it is so beautiful. it is a great morning. >> no doubt. thank you. let's discuss the scenario. right now things are pretty quiet. we are still in the same situation with clear skies and temperatures in the low 70's. there is no rain near us. the nearest precipitation is out
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in the midwest. this is the front we were talking about. this is the second player, earl. earl -- >> star, it is now a category for hurricane. if the war to make landfall right now, it would cost billions of dollars worth of damage. we have to pay close attention to what happens with earl. we have a cold front coming in and we have earl coming up from the south. if earl out runs the front, it will be closer to the coast. there is no guarantee about earl missing the coast altogether. it will be just off shore of cape hatteras. then it will come north and it should be about 200 miles
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offshore from ocean city. the winds go out 200 miles from the center. tropical storm warnings are in effect for all of the delmarva beaches on friday. we cannot see wind gusts over 60 miles per hour at the beach. possible heavy rain off and on if we're close enough to the center at the storm. that is at the beach. around baltimore, i expect little effect from the storm. there will be a little bit of a surge and some minor coastal flooding on the western shore of the chesapeake bay. keep that in mind if you lived near the water. mostly sunny today. it will be hot and humid with temperatures in the low 90's. tonight, clear and turning partly cloudy as the front gets closer. temperatures will drop down to
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around 70. we have a 30% chance for some thunderstorms on friday. 88 will be the high temperature. the rest of the weekend looks fantastic. upper 70's on saturday and sunday. it is going to be a nice weekend overall. friday is the day in question. now we send it over to sarah. >> so far so good on the area roads with just a few exceptions. there is a disabled vehicle on reisterstown road. speed sensors are not picking up much. 50 miles per hour on southbound 95. the harrisburg expressway looks great. the jfx, equally smooth it into town. the beltway at the parkway looks fine. still up to speed at west nursery road.
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we are not checking in with any problems at delaney road. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> removal work of the damaged blowout preventer begins today. thad allen says crews will attempt to remove the stacked atop of the blown out well. crews will then dislodge the failed blowout preventer replace it with a new one. the procedure was put on hold because waves up to 80 feet made it so they could not operate the vessel. sea turtles are now getting a new lease on life. they're being released back into the gulf. they are the most endangered turtles in the gulf. there were released in an area
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that is free of predators and oil. >> back to school shopping did not set off many bills at the cash register. buyers spent slightly more than it 2009. sales were short of 2008 levels. that could forecast a lackluster holiday season. online retailer amazon does not just want to sell you tv and movie shows. now they want to send them directly to your tv. you could see the content on a web browser. the retailer has been in negotiations with several media companies. no timetable on launching the service. young women are often making more than men.
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one company is wooing women with a new campaign. we have more in the bloomberg business report. >> if you were young and female, you are making more than men. women in their 20's now out earn their male counterparts by eight %. in atlanta, women out earned men by 20%. education is the key to their success. under armour launching a new online marketing campaign targeting female athletes. as for trading, investors will be watching a contract to buy homes. we will be getting the weekly jobless claims. stocks staging the biggest gain
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since july on better than expected manufacturing in the u.s. and china. your bloomberg maryland index also surging. jos. a. banks giving stocks a boost. they had better than expected profits and sales numbers. i am courtney donohoe reporting for wbal-tv 11 news. >> 71 degrees on tv hill. another check on weather and traffic is straight ahead. >> bad blood is brewing between the nationals and the marlins. keith mills has more coming up in sports. >> here is a look at last night's winning maryland lottery numbers. good luck.
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>> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. we have not had a whole lot to talk about. that is good news. on the outer loop at reisterstown road, we have a disabled vehicle, but we hear it is off to the side. 42 miles per hour is your west side speed. 52 miles per hour on the topside. 48 on southbound 95. we're starting to develop some sluggish spots. this is a live view of traffic at the parkway. so far, things are checking out fine. southbound 295 in great shape down to west nursery road. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11.
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>> good morning. it is going to be another quiet day today. hot and humid. 71 degrees at the airport. 77 downtown. mostly sunny with a high near 92 this afternoon. we will check the seven-day forecast coming up in just a few minutes. we'll give you the latest on earl. but first we sent it over to the real man. earl is not the man. >> i am still full of hot air. ravens wrap up their preseason tonight in st. louis when they play the rams. do not expect most of the first- team offense or defense to play tonight as the ravens look to the season opener against the jets. all eyes on the kickers. graham is two for three.
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>> guys have hopes and dreams, ambitions, bowls, and things they want to accomplish. yuan at ending that. this is part of the journey. one of the kickers will be taking the next day for somebody. >> the broadcast team is well represented in st. louis tonight. the pre-game begins at 7:30. we will be doing the radio shows on radio. we have all bases covered. the red sox beat the birds last night 9-6. big baseball down in south florida. the ball close behind nyjer morgan. charges the mound. what's the first baseman clothesline morgan. again, the picture
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throws behind morgan. look at the left of your screen. the first baseman, sanchez. this is the clothesline. the marlins won the game. there will be some suspensions. sanchez will probably get most of the suspensions. >> why does everybody have to run out on the field? >> it is baseball. >> time out for everybody. >> he was invoking a city ordinance, he said. >> the protector. >> thank you. 71 degrees on tv hill. much more to come in the next half-hour.
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>> a maryland state senator faces a federal indictment. >> can president obama broker peace in the mideast? >> we are talking hot air balloons in harford county this morning.
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning, everybody. welcome back. i am stan stovall. >> and i'm mindy basara. thank you for joining us this morning. tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. >> more of the same for us today. temperatures in the 70's right now. mostly sunny skies. we expect a high temperature of 92 this afternoon. it will get cooler this weekend. >> he has been the subject for investigation for two years now. >> there was an indictment against ulysses s. currie. jennifer franciotti has more details.
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>> senator ulysses s. currie announce he will step down to fight charges against him. that does not mean he plans to give up his job. the indictment accuses the lawmaker of using his office to benefit shoppers food warehouse. it is alleged that executives paid him $245,000 to secure advantages for shoppers. the indictment said he tried to save the chain money so stores could have an extension on meeting the energy efficiency standards. he is accused of smoothing the way for a liquor license transfer and lobbying officials to up traffic signals installed and two company stores. his lawyer confirms he was a consultant for shoppers. "his compensation was disclosed
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on his federal and state income tax returns." donald norris says it is unusual to see a paper trail in a bribery case. >> the information is interesting and that usually in bribery cases there isn't any paperwork. >> prosecutors say currie failed to disclose this on ethics forms. it appears as if currie will continue his work in the senate. he is running for reelection unopposed. >> he does not have to drop out of the race until proven guilty. he is running without opposition. >> two former executives have been named in this indictment in connection with currie's case. reporting live, jennifer franciotti. >> police hope a facial reconstruction will help
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identify a woman that was found in white marsh in 2007. a resident found the badly decomposed body in a vegetable garden. the body had been there for a least a week. they are hoping this reconstruction will lead to some answers. >> she may have been white, she may have been hispanic. we are not sure. she had no identification. we had nothing to run with at the time. >> please do not know the cause of death. right now it is being rolled suspicious. peace moves forward. direct peace talks between leaders are scheduled to resume today. kate amara has that story. >> hillary clinton launches face-to-face talks this morning between israeli and palestinian leaders. >> the prime minister of israel
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and the president of the palestinian national authority. >> a working dinner before the first face-to-face middle east peace talks in nearly two years. >> i am hopeful that we can achieve the goal. >> president obama hosting keep mideast leaders as benjamin netanyahu and mahmoud abbas prepared for direct negotiations. both leaders promising to work towards a long lasting agreement. >> we're looking for a peaceful end the conflict between us once and for all. >> let us signed an agreement, a final agreement for peace to put an end to a long time of struggle. >> president obama made it clear the latest outbreak of violence will not derail the efforts. >> both of them have the constituencies with legitimate
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claims and legitimate concerns. and a lot of history between them. >> king of delaware suggested if these peace talks fail, it would be -- king abdallah suggested if these peace talks fail, it would be a victory for terrorism. >> the grand prix race is expanding. the american lamonts series will be added to the ticket. it will be billed as a festival of speed. different classes of cars race on the track at the same time. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. so far so good out there. we have a disabled vehicle on reisterstown road. that is clear and now speeds are around 63 miles on the outer
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loop west side. 44 miles per hour on southbound 95. so far so good on the north side of the beltway and also on 95 in howard county approaching 32. 13 minutes on the outer loop west side. five minutes on southbound 95 down to the fort mchenry. you can see those brake lights. we switch over to a live view of 95. the west side is where we are seeing the heavy stuff. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. now we check in live with sandra shaw. >> it is going to be great. balloonts out with a b role on saturday. from noon until 5:30, it is called it rising above it.
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it is about stocking and is to benefits sarc. tell us what it involves. >> we provide resources for victims of sexual violence and stalking. we have a full legal and varmint and a help line. we have a shelter in a confidential location. we provide education to the committee. we want to raise awareness so that we provide services and prevent people from meeting our assistance. >> this is the first time you have had it. there will be the balloon race on saturday night. >> we encourage families to come out and bring a chair and a blanket. we will have alex and a kaleidoscope band and the urban pirates with us.
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>> check it out. it is only $5 and kids are free. we have a slight chance of some storms tomorrow. beautiful for saturday for the balloon festival. that is it for now. >> thank you. 71 degrees on tv hill. it was not intense enough. we have extreme dodge ball. goodness gracious, great balls of fire. >> we are still taking your answers to our water cooler question of the day. do you believe these latest rounds of mideast peace talks will yield results? you can e-mail your response to watercooler@wbaltv.com. watercooler@wbaltv.com.
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>> folks have observed the corruption of a volcano that nearly destroyed the town. how did they observe it? this is out. by throwing fire at each other. they try to burn the town down all over again. not really. ing large fireballs at each other. they call this fund. no one was "seriously injured." >> notice it was just the men that. a french artist has taken his talents beyond sandcastles.
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richard works in mud. he uses a tiny blobs of mud to create this entire town. he note this project will disappear when the rain comes. he spent hours on this labor of love creek whatever floats your boat. >> the first heavy rain, it is done. 71 degrees on tv hill. >> we will check your morning commute. we have one problem coming in in howard county. >> things are nice and quiet right now, but we have a major hurricane coming up the east coast. here's a look outside. 71 degrees at the top of the art at
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>> welcome back. hurricane earl has regained strength, reaching category 4
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status. beaches expect to take a glancing blow. the rough waters churned up by ship tove caused tha return to baltimore on sunday. a hostage situation at the discovery channel had quarters ended in the death of the suspect. james lee witt shot and killed after a standoff where he held three people. police say he was a radical environmentalist who had a long standing grudge against the cable channel's programming. israeli and palestinian leaders will hold peace talks this morning. hillary clinton will launch the negotiations between benjamin netanyahu and mahmoud abbas.
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president obama posted a working meeting last night. >> that brings us to your answers to our water cooler question of the day. >> this morning we asked -- do you believe these latest rounds of mideast peace talks will yield results? >> we will post more of your answers on the front page of wbaltv.com. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning.
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sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. there are a few things to watch for. some gravel was built in howard county. crews are on the scene. it may cause some delays. there are some volume-related delays on the outer loop west by heading from 795 down to liberty. 39 miles per hour on southbound 95. 14 minutes on the outer loop west side. five minutes on 95 down to the fort mchenry. 11 minutes on the outer loop northeast side. here is old court. on the west side, we switch to a live view on 95. this is southbound traffic. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. now we get the latest from sandra shaw in harford county. >> we are at the harford county
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equestrian center. there will be a balloon festival. i have to go well. we will take a tethered ride. you can take a tethered ride on saturday. it is a $5 admission and children get in free. on friday night, there is -- this benefits sarc. they benefit cyber stocking. check it out. we're getting ready to take the tether ride. what is going to happen? >> it will be wonderful. you will feel like you are launching into flight. we have some ropes so you can only go to about 100 feet. other people will be able to get in for the next ride. we will do that from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on saturday. >> that will be just enough.
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>> everybody loves it. >> this ballou is called the many. it is 54,000 cubic feet -- this balloon is called the mini. we're watching the cold front. i'm going to go up in the air now. >> i hope it goes ok. i talked her into this. here is another hand. it is always easier to do with a wireless microphone. there she is, trying to yell. beautiful. you should give that a try. especially at this time of day. kudos to you for being brave enough to go up in the balloon. it is all for a good cause.
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we have this cold front and the interaction with earl. for now, things are quiet. it is warm and we don't expect any precipitation for the morning commute. a cold front is coming across the upper midwest. the second player is earl. earl now has sustained winds of 145 miles per hour. this is a dangerous storm. it would cost billions of dollars of damage if it came ashore right now. it is not guaranteed it will make a complete mess on the east coast. we have a cold front moving to the east. we have earl moving to the north up the coast. the plan is to push earl off the coast. but if earl speeds up, it messes
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up the timing. as it stands, we think the eye will stay offshore. it will be pretty close to the outer banks of north carolina. they are going to get hurricane conditions at the outer banks. but just a shift of 100 miles could make a big difference. then it will, north and it will be about to launch a miles off the shore of ocean city. the storm is hundreds of miles across. even though the eye is offshore, we expect tropical storm warnings in effect for those areas. that means wind gusts over 60 miles per hour. 15-foot waves at ocean city and possibly some heavy rain in ocean city if the storm gets closer. saturday and sunday should be
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fine at the beach. there could be a minor surge at the chesapeake bay. some minor flooding on the western shore at high tide. keep that in mind. the high tide could come a foot or two above average. mostly sunny today with a high temperature into the low 90's. it will be hot and humid. things will get better as we move into the weekend. there could be a few thunderstorms with the front. indeed on friday. upper 70's on saturday and sunday. low 80's on monday. a fantastic overall holiday weekend. >> thank you. federal prosecutors have secured an indictment against a longtime state senator. jennifer franciotti joins us with more on the story. >> the long time lawmaker is
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accused of using his office to benefit the grocery chain shoppers. it is alleged that he was paid $145,000 to help open a store. the indictment said currie to give stores an extension on meeting energy efficiency standards and for smoothing a way for a liquor license transfer. he is running for reelection unopposed. reporting live, jennifer franciotti. >> here's matt lauer with a look at what's coming up next on the "today" show. >> coming up on a thursday, a powerful hurricane named earl could make landfall as early as tonight in north carolina and then race up the east coast. the deadly standoff outside
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washington d.c. a producer spoke to the gunmen during the crisis. also, why you may be eating twice as much as you should be when you eat at your favorite restaurant. can you go entire month wearing just six items of clothing? that is as we get started on a thursday morning here on the "today" show. >> 71 degrees on tv hill. >> weather and traffic together before you head out to start
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>> that is>> with the flip of te calendar to september, school buses and suv's filled with students are once again on the road. the daily commute just got more crowded. it also became more dangerous. cars and students are filling the crosswalks while the text and tweet.
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maryland will require hands-free devices for cell phones while driving. texting while driving is against the law. log onto wbaltv.com right now and make the 3-d pledge. do not drive distracted. we are encouraging all drivers to put down the phone and pay attention to the road. no phone call is as important as a life.
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